The Kitchen Garden Radio Show, 24th of August 2018

The Kitchen Garden Radio Show, 24th of August 2018

On the show this week Mags gives us some ideas, tips and recipes for tasty and nutritious School Lunches. See her ideas below.

In Food News, we hear about Robotics in Food Service.

We both report from the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival in the National Botanic Gardens.

There’s a remider of the schedule for the upcoming Voxpro Urban Garden Festival in Cork.

In Nature Notes, it’s Meadow Saffron and Moths.

I bring a group of anglers to Mount Juliet to try for some Trout from the River Nore and I talk to Dan O’Neill, Fishery Manager on the estate.

Lunch box ideas

Primary School Kids
Kids don’t need treats during school, they need a healthy nutritious lunch that can be eaten quickly so that it doesn’t interfere with play time!
  • Chopped veg: Carrots, Peppers, Cucumbers, broccoli
  • Carrot salad: grated carrot, sweet corn and toasted pine nuts or mixed seeds
  • Fruit: Apples, Bananas, Small oranges,
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, Mangos, Apricots
  • Sandwiches: Cold meat, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, almond butter, hummus.
Secondary school Kids
Cold pasta – add some or all of the following:
  • grated carrot
  • Sweet corn
  • Grated cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Scallions
  • Tomatoes
  • Nuts (if allowed)
  • Parsley
Couscous – add some of the following:
  • Scallions
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Herbs – mint, parsley
  • Cooked veg works better with cold noodles.
  • Peppers, red onion, carrots, mange tout.
  • Coriander
  • Soya sauce
  • Sliced apple and peanut butter dip.
  • Hummus and bread sticks or veg
Of course there are also some jobs to do in the garden:
  • Spray spuds for blight
  • Start harvesting your maincrop potatoes as the leaves yellow and die back. Try storing your potatoes in hessian sacks which exclude light but allow adequate ventilation.
  • Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage has flopped over and yellowed. Store them in onion bags to prevent moulds developing.
  • Cut back leaves on grapevines to let the sun ripen the fruits
  • Remove the lower leaves of cordon tomatoes up to the lowest truss, to let more light and air reach the fruits
  • Harvest tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies regularly to encourage more fruits to form
  • Sow green manure to fill any bare ground

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